Wall hooks and pegboards are incredibly handy organizational tools for home, especially small homes where space is at a premium. But while they make previously unused wall space functional and allow you quick access to daily items, they can be magnets for mess if not kept in check. How do you keep an area full of hanging items looking tidy and attractive? Follow these five rules.
1. Have a good idea of what you want to hang
This isn't always possible if you're not entirely sure what you're envisioning your pegboard or wall hook area to handle, but it's a good idea to have somewhat of an idea. Knowing what you'd like your hooks and pegs to hold will let you know how many hooks or pegs you need, how sturdy they need to be and how far apart you'll need to place them. And allow you to impose early rules on what can hang there. Photo above from Alvhem.
You don't have to line your wall hooks or pegboard pegs all in a row to keep that area clean and tidy, but being mindful of your hook and peg placement is a good way to kick-start a more organized practice. The less random your hook placement, the more orderly you're kick starting that area.
4. Watch your layering
5. Regularly prune
Every few weeks take a gander at your wall hook or peg board area. Are there items there that don't belong that just got stuck up there? Are there items you thought you'd need quick access to but haven't touched since hanging? It's okay that your wall hooks or pegboards are ever-changing things, just keep purging items from them on a regular basis.